In 2011, there was something going on in Turku every day. The thousands of programme workers had prepared for the year for a long time, and now the citizens had a whole year to enjoy.
Monastery Avenue Stores Christmas Markets
At the Christmas Markets of the Monastery Avenue Stores, you’ll find local handmade products that make great gifts or stocking-fillers. The Monastery Avenue Stores Christmas markets open at the same time as those on the Old Great Square. Located there, alongside Turku City Work Centre, are Omainto Living and Mika Mäkinen Goldsmiths, just a couple of the local enterprises.
When to go: Sat-Sun 25-26 Nov, 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec and 16-17 Dec, 11am-5pm
The Christmas Walks, the latest addition to the Visit Turku WALK family, are held on Saturdays in December. The tour guides visit to the Fabulous Aura River, the Old Great Square and the Christmas Markets (on the first three occasions), then to Turku Cathedral, through Turku and Finnish Christmas festivities and lastly to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Guidance is in Finnish, Swedish and English.
When to go: Saturdays 2 Dec- 6 Jan 11am-12.30pm
Open Sauna Sessions
Experience a real Finnish sauna at a public sauna shift, held at places such as Forum Sauna located in the Kurjenmäki area of Turku. In addition to regular sauna baths are a selection of other wonderful services and treatments.
When to go: Fridays from 3pm-6pm
Don’t forget to try this
A Ride on Föri: Turku–Åbo–Turku
Saaronniemi Winter Swimming
Turku’s Saaronniemi invites you for some winter swimming! Take an invigorating dip in the sea and then relax in the sauna steam on the beautiful beach at Saaronniemi.
When to go: Thursdays 1 Oct- 31 Apr from 3pm-7pm. In addition to Thursdays, ice-swimming is also available on Tuesdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 12pm-5pm and Sundays from 12pm-5pm.
100 Years of Finnish Christmas Celebrations, exhibition at Luostarinmäki
At the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, the exhibition – 100 Years of Finnish Christmas Celebrations – presents the history of Finnish Christmas, including traditions such as Taata’s radio stories, Martta Wendelin’s beautiful Christmas cards and school Christmas nativities. The exhibition also reveals what were contained in the Christmas packages sent to the soldiers in the Winter War.
Christmas Table exhibition, at the Pharmacy Museum
At the Pharmacy Museum’s Christmas Table exhibition, visitors can see the Christmas treats of an 18th Century bourgeois family, spread across the tables in the halls and chambers of the museum. Another way to explore the exhibition is on a guided tour, operating on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 26th December at 1pm.
When to go: Exhibition open Tue-Sun 25 Nov- 6 Jan, 10am-6pm. Exceptions are 6 Dec, 24-25 Dec and 31 Dec- 1 Jan, when the museum is closed
Market Square Christmas Market
At the Christmas markets, get ready for the forthcoming Christmas celebrations, whilst at the same time fill your bags with great handcrafted gift ideas.
When to go: Every day from 25 Nov–23 Dec, weekdays 12pm-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12am-4pm
18:00–23:00 Europeade village Varvintori Square
19:00–19:45 International Turku -concert
20:00–21:00 “The River“, a performance of 300 dancers,
musicians and singers from Turku
21:15–22:30 Dance music
Europeade displays five days full of performances around the city. The event also hosts an opening and a closing gala, a parade, a choral concert and several workshops. Finnish folk dancers and musicians as well as folk culture associations have a prominent role in organizing the event, as well as in introducing Finnish culture to our contemporaries from other European cultures.
Europeade begins with Joki - Ån at Varvintori on 26 July at 20.00. The performance is put together with 300 dancers, musicians and singers from Turku-area.